cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
On tap at the brewpub, I was really looking forward to this one and I felt let down by it, pours black with a light brown head with some chocolate and roast in the aroma, the mouthfeel seemed a little light and the flavor was of light roast and a little bit of chocolate, I was really looking for more flavor out of it, still good, just not as good as I wanted it to be. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Draft at Carlyle. Pours black with about a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and a little burnt malt. Taste is about the same. Lightly bitter and lots of coffee and dark chocolate. This beer is great and I’m happy this one is almost always on tap when I head in there. BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Had a pint at the brewpub. Pours a soft black, with a rich tan head. Has a caramel, malty aroma, Smells of a hint of coffee/chocolate but the roast outweighs the sweetness. Has a medium, bitter taste. Almost makes it to a Imperial Stout, falling just short. Good Stout. Big fan of Carlyle....this is one of the reasons why. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2010
Draft at the brewpub. Opaque black-brown. Roasty, classic Stout. Sweet, almost approaching Sweet Stout on second thought. Medium to full bodied, with some sticky caramel tones. Middle of the road. Generous road trip rate. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Sampler @ the brewpub, the best of the regular offerings. Fully black color. Aroma is awesome with lots of chocolate, dry cocoa, and other aspects that make it come off as a sweet, creamy pastry. Some charred elements in there as well as roast. All the aspects I like in a stout, melding well together. Taste is less complex with more roast and a watery flavor of a dry pastry. Easy drinking to boot, I would stop by just to have this one again.
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Pours from the tap dark black with a thind head that lines the edges. Aroma is heavy roasted black patent with some chocolate characteristics. The flavor has a chocolate up front which fades very quickly to a dark malt bitterness. Overall a very standard stout; bitter, black and slight coffee taste. GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Very dark beer with medium whitish head. Vey nice mouthfeel with decent aftertaste. I bought a growler and drank at home. I would buy it again. TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 on tap at brewery black with medium head smelt of coffee and roasted malts with flavors of coffee,chocolates and smoke.a very good stout the best beer i have had at the pub Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2007
On tap at brewpub
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
I wound down the sampler flight with this beer. There were two versions on tap so I opted to try the regular before comparing it to the black walnut seasonal release. Overall it is a very solid stout that does everything well. It was a bit of a suprise to find though I shouldn’t be too shocked. Carlyle seems to do well with most of their releases.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep black body swirled fluidly around the sides of the small glass. Malt and charcoal played against smoky coffee. It was solid without being overly thick.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was full bodied from the start. Smoke, ash and peat create a very nice profile that does everything right. Without any major flaws I would drink this in cool circumstances. A growler would not have been out of the question if I had brought one with me.
Had this one on draught as part of a sampler flight at the brewpub in Rockford, Illinois. Dark brown pour with a thich tannish head, coffee malts and smoke permeate this one with sweet kopi manis towards the finish. A good stout.